Directing credits include The Jungle Book, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Elf.

Jon Favreau will receive the Visual Effects Society’s VES Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual VES Awards on February 13, 2018.

“Jon Favreau has introduced the reinvention of a new style of film that demands visual effects artists to push beyond the boundaries of what can and has been done before,” VES board chair Mike Chambers said. “He has created exceptionally humanistic stories through his vision, unique approach to storytelling and full embrace of emerging technology to enhance the movie-going experience.  

“With this journeyman at the helm, having acted, written, directed and produced across many breakthrough projects, we expect to witness new kinds of entertainment from Jon that utilise VFX at its core and help redefine entertainment on a global level. For this, and more, we are honored to award him with the prestigious Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Favreau’s director credits include The Jungle Book, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Elf, and Cowboys & Aliens. He has received the Harold Lloyd Award for filmmaking from the Advanced Imaging Society and Virtual Reality Society, the Filmmaker Award from the Cinema Audio Society, and The Jungle Book won best photoreal feature at last year’s VES Awards.

“I’m so honoured to join such an esteemed list of past recipients,” Favreau said. “The Visual Effects Society represents the wizards of our industry. I am extremely pleased and moved by their recognition.”

Favreau is currently directing Disney’s live-action feature The Lion King. He is scheduled to direct The Second Jungle Book and will produce Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel.

Previous recipients of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award include James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Ray Harryhausen, George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, John Dykstra, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, and Ridley Scott.

Photo: Dan Doperalski